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Candy darter part II

Last year, Nick Little – a former VLM colleague, now a keeper at the National Zoo – and I went in search of the elusive candy darter Etheostoma osburni, an exceptionally beautiful fish. Darters are reclusive by nature and finding them at all is the main…

Tripletails get up close and personal on video

Tripletails Lobotes surinamensis are unusual fish but are even more unusual to find in our area; they are occasional late summer visitors to Virginia waters. They are more common further south particularly in the Gulf states where they hang around structure either inshore (pilings, bridges) or…

Newborn baby lined seahorses – video

These two day old seahorses are just a few from our latest cohort of juvenile lined seahorses Hippocampus erectus. These youngsters require constant attention and therefore have a small tank all to their own. We currently have three separate systems – one for breeding adults,…

Shortnose Sturgeon Feeding

Sturgeon are ancient creatures, first showing up in the fossil record nearly 200 million years ago. The current Family Acipenseridae, that contains the only two Virginia species of the 23 species, the Atlantic sturgeon A. oxyrhynchus and the shortnose sturgeon A. brevirostrum, has been around…